The students in Jennifer Golonka’s dance class are beginning to choreograph in small groups. They invent movements and spatial pathways using language to negotiate and problem solve as they work. The dance-making provides an authentic opportunity for the students to communicate, and the supportive collaboration provides a safe space to try something new.
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Students in Ms. Sarantakis’ 3rd/4th grade class are learning how to perform and create a movement canon. Three students – all beginner English Language Learners, and each of whom speaks a different first language – must work together to create a movement phrase and perform it in a canon. The boys use English, gestures and […]
A 5th grade student at PS 19Q is a new arrival to the country and a beginner English Language Learner. She is learning to make dances and to speak English at the same time. Teaching Artist Jen Golonka’s Tool Box of Dance elements provides visual language support, while classmates serve as translators and collaborators.
It is the first day of dance class, and many of Ms. Alvarado’s Dual Language students have never participated in formal dance training. Teaching Artist Jennifer Golonka clearly introduces her Toolbox of Dance Elements, allowing all of the students to participate in dance-making by the end of this first class.